Institutional Review Board General Information

Welcome to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) website.

The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Valley City State University (VCSU) is to assist those engaged in human subject research in conducting research while conforming to ethical, professional, and community standards for the safety, rights, and protections of participants. Valley City State University is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects, regardless of research funding sources.

The purpose of the Valley City State University Institutional Review Board, established under VCSU Policy V611.08 is to ensure that human subject research is conducted in compliance with all appropriate regulations, including the United States Codes of Federal Regulations (CFR). Compliance with CFR regulations is important because: a.) the manner in which human subjects research is conducted reflects the institution's commitment to rigorous ethical and scientific standards of conduct; and b.) violations of CFR regulations may affect current and future research funding for all researchers at VCSU. The VCSU IRB does not intend to interfere in any way with competent, ethical, and sound research involving human participants.

The VCSU IRB, a faculty board under the aegis of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, relies on active involvement of the scholarly community at VCSU to establish procedures assuring appropriate human subject protections. These guidelines may not address all potential contingencies, however, the Institutional Review Board will continue to review the guidelines as necessary in consultation with appropriate stakeholders.